Eastern Region NI March Onto The Finals

Northern Ireland Regions Cup team defeat Seleccion Catalana de Futbol of Spain 1-0 to qualify for next round of Regions Cup on Saturday past.

 The 1-0 win for the Northern Ireland squad in the Regions Cup secures their place in the next round of the competition.

The important goal came from Dollingstown’s Richie Thompson and sent the team through unbeaten in their group with wins over Alf Telenesti (MOLDOVA) 5-1 and Piatykhatska (Ukraine) 4-0.

Eastern Region of Northern Ireland have qualified for their third UEFA Regions’ Cup finals after beating Selección Catalana 1-0 in the decisive game in Moldova.Catalonia had been top on goal difference going into the last intermediary round Group 5 game, having beaten Ukraine’s Piatykhatska 4-0 and hosts Teleneşti 10-0 to Eastern Region’s 4-0 and 5-1. But despite Spain’s representatives creating more chances, Richard Thompson’s ninth-minute goal was enough for Harry McConkey’s determined side, having previously made the finals in 2007 and 2013.

“We played with our hearts,” said Eastern Region of Northern Ireland manager Harry McConkey after the 1-0 defeat of Selección Catalana that took his team into a third finals.

McConkey told UEFA.com: “This is a fantastic victory. We are happy because we won against a strong team. Catalonia played very well, and our guys were nervous. But we showed character, we played with our hearts. This is a big win for our small region. We loved it in Moldova. The organisation was at a high level.”

IFA President Jim Shaw said ” What a fantastic achievement by the squad and his best wishes go to Harry, his staff and all the players. To qualify from a group containg a highly motivated Spanish side Selección Catalana from the Barcelona region is an outstanding result.”

FIFA Vice President Jim Boyce added his congratulations and said” as Chairman of the UEFA Youth and Amateur Committee it gives me great pleasure to hear of Harry McConkeys teams qualification for the finals. To go through a group of 3 matches scoring 10 goals with only 1 against was a great acievement. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to be handing the winners medals and cup to Northern Ireland in the final next year.”. Harry has led the team for a number of years now and has continued to create winning teams. So let’s look forward to the finals and see the team represent our country.

Both Dollingstown Football Club players, Richard Thompson (25) & Jordan Gibson (19) were delighted to be part of the competition:

Richard: What a result! Beating Spain who are ranked 1 In the world In this competition 1-0 and scoring the winning goal unreal. Words cannot describe how great it feels. That’s us through to the finals in june. We we were under pressure for most of the second half but the lads dug deep too see us through. 9 points from 3 games and scored 10 conceded 1. Feels good putting Spain out. The GAWA goes marching on

Jordan: Getting my first taste of representing my country was an experience I’ll never forget! What a week it was, defying all odds and reaching the finals with maximum points! Roll on June !!

Everyone at Dollingstown FC would like to congratulate both Richard & Jordan and of course the rest of the squad who really pulled together as a unit.

Final Table

Teams P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Northern Ireland Eastern Region NIR 3 3 0 0 10 1 9 9
2 Spain Selección Catalana 3 2 0 1 14 1 13 6
3 Ukraine Piatykhatska 3 1 0 2 5 8 -3 3
4 Moldova Teleneşti 3 0 0 3 1 20 -19 0


Final match details



NI Squad details




The finals of the competition will be held in June 2015 and the location is yet to be decided. The 8 winning group teams all make the finals then one of them will be chosen to host then, fingers crossed they choose Northern Ireland.

Jordan Gibson Makes 1st Appearance

Dollingsown’s Richard Thompson got another goal in NI Regions 2nd game in Moldova.

The Game played on Thursday 25rd October 2014 in the District Sport Complex  in Moldova.

NI eased to a comfortable win against Ukraine team Piatykhatska. The goal scorers for NI were Armagh City’s Stephen Murray with another brace to take his tally to 4 in the competition, Dollingstown’s Richard Thompson taking his tally to 3 & Immaculata’s Colm O’Riordan. Ni keeper Patrick Flood  also make an excellent penalty save during the game

Dollingstown’s Jordan Gibson made his 1st appearance of the competition coming on as a 2nd half substitute..

Below is the link to the highlight show of this game.

The group will not come down to Saturday’s game against Seleccion Catalana after they won 10-0 to join NI at the top of the table. The game will kick off at 2pm and we will put the link up for anyone who wants to watch the lads in action.

Group 5(Host country: Moldova)

Teams P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Spain Selección Catalana 2 2 0 0 14 0 14 6
2 Northern Ireland Eastern Region NIR 2 2 0 0 9 1 8 6
3 Ukraine Piatykhatska 2 0 0 2 0 8 -8 0
4 Moldova Teleneşti 2 0 0 2 1 15 -14 0
Thompson Stars In NI Regions Win
Richard Thompson - Forward
Richard Thompson – Forward
Jordan Gibson - Midfield
Jordan Gibson – Midfield

Dollingsown’s Richard Thompson got a brace of goals in NI Regions 1st game in Moldova.

The Game played on Tuesday 23rd October 2014 in the Vadul lui Voda stadium in Moldova.

Despite being harshly reduced to 10 men on the 45th minute after NI keeper Brian Neeson was sent off this didnt seem to effect the NI players as they ran out 5-1 winners. Richard Thompson & Stephen Murray both got a brace and Eamon Kelly also put his name on the score sheet. Telenesti scored their only goal from the penalty spot on 45 mins.

Dollingstown’s Jordan Gibson was an un-used substitute in the game.

You can see Richy’s 1st goal on the link below (YOU NEED TO COPY AND PASTE)

OH OH Northern Ireland can play football. 5 – 1 winA little bit of SLO – MO

Posted by Billy Nellins on Tuesday, 23 September 2014

NI top the group[ along with the Spanish team Seleccion Catalana who beat the Ukraine team Piatykhatska 4-0.

Group 5

P Pts
Northern Ireland Eastern Region NIR 1 3
Spain Selección Catalana 1 3
Moldova Teleneşti 1 0
Ukraine Piatykhatska 1 0

NI’s next game is against Piatykhatska on Thursday with a 2pm (GMT) kick off. We will put the link of the game up on our twitter and facebook so you can have on screen commentary to see if they can make it 2 out of 2.

Copy & Paste the link below into your search bar will give you all the information you need regarding the excellent 5-1 win.

Reserves Handed Away Draw In Wilmor Johnston Memorial Cup

DFC RES will travel to play Banbridge Rangers Reserves in the 1st round of the Wilmor Johnston Memorial Cup.

Will be a tough away day for the reserves as Banbridge made it to last years final and were beaten by Newry City AFC Reserves, but one the lads will definately be up for.

The full draw:

Banbridge Rangers Res v Dollingstown Res

Coagh Utd Res v Loughgall Res

Newry City Res v Crewe Utd Res

Valley Rangers Res v Annagh Utd Res

Byes: Armagh City Res; Ballymacash Rangers Res;Banbridge Town AFC; Rathfriland Swifts

Duo gain International Selection

Congratulations to DFC players Jordan Gibson & Richard Thompson who have been selected for the final squad and will travel to Moldova to play in the  UEFA Regions’ Cup in September 2014.

It’s a great feat for the 2 lads as pretty much the majority of the squad avail from Championship 1.

Jordan Gibson - Midfield
Jordan Gibson – Midfield

Jordan – “Well, it’s an absolute honour that I have been given the opportunity to represent my country at the UEFA Regions Cup in Moldova this September! Over the moon!! #dream #gawa

Richard Thompson - Forward
Richard Thompson – Forward

Richy – “Can’t believe I have made the Northern Ireland Regional cup squad for Moldova in September! My first time representing my country in a competition! Really looking forward to it! Can’t wait to play against Spain Ukraine and Moldova! Gonna enjoy every minute off it!”


All the information on the UEFA Regions’ Cup can be got by clicking the link below.


Good Luck to both Jordan & Richy from everyone connected with DFC